BenefitsPRO, the No.1 provider of news, analysis and trends for benefits professionals, has announced its 2023 Luminaries Awards recognizing excellence in the benefits industry. Goodroot community company Emry was recognized in the Humanizing Benefits category, and Kevin Kobielski, president & CEO of Goodroot community company AlignRx was recognized in the Leadership category.
Both companies are featured in the October issue of BenefitsPRO. The issue describes Emry:
Imagine a health care system in which every patient has a personal advocate looking out for them to ensure they receive the best care and avoid medical debt. That’s Emry Health’s vision. Emry is a health benefit cost navigator that works one-on-one with patients to explain benefits and assist in making cost-effective health choices with better care outcomes. Services offered include personal cost guidance through every stage of care, from choosing a provider to negotiating a bill, from pre-treatment to financial assistance. When planning an elective procedure or diagnostic test, for example, employees can use Emry to compare pricing and ratings from providers in their area. Emry provides skilled human guides who deliver hands-on research and compassionate assistance. Employees are able to utilize assistance from Emry when their employer offers the solution as an add-on to a comprehensive health benefits package.
“As the health care and benefits landscape changes and evolves, a growing number of benefits professionals and organizations are doing all they can to humanize the process,” explains BenefitsPRO introducing the Humanizing Benefits honorees. “These individuals and companies are being recognized for the dynamic and inclusive ways they are leading the benefits and health care industries. Each was selected by a distinguished and diverse team of industry leaders with input from our editorial team.”
BenefitsPRO describes AlignRx President & CEO Kevin Kobielski:
Known as a pharmacy benefits visionary, Kevin Kobielski founded AlignRx Consulting and has grown the company to more than 20 team members over the past four years. AlignRx partners with benefits brokers, employer groups, TPAs and health plans to offer pharmacy consulting solutions that improve performance, drive savings and deliver better pharmacy benefit outcomes. Kevin Kobielski brings nearly 25 years of experience to the firm, including as general manager of pharmacy benefits management at HealthNow New York, where he managed a team of clinical resources, operations personnel and account managers responsible for $600 million in medical and pharmacy spending. Kobielski’s creativity and expertise generate savings of up to 40% without compromising care. In one case, he negotiated improvements to PBM contract language for a county government with more than 1,300 members that resulted in savings of $1.1 million over three years, reducing their overall pharmacy benefit costs by 37%.
“The 2023 LUMINARIES honorees in Leadership make the decisions that matter most in this fast-changing environment and support bold strategies that produce both quantitative and qualitative results for their teams, companies and the broader benefits community,” explains BenefitsPRO introducing the Leadership honorees. “Each was selected by a distinguished and diverse team of industry leaders with input from our editorial team.”
AlignRx was also named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies this year.